For Your Emergency Kit…

Do you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters? If so, do you have an emergency kit packed with all the essentials? As parents, it is our utmost priority to keep our families safe. That means having the emergency kit packed and handy with everything working. Do you check the batteries of the flashlight in your emergency kit? I am guilty of not checking them. If I needed my flashlight in an emergency, I would be in trouble because I am almost positive the batteries would be dead (until now).

Eton Corporation is an eco friendly company that makes eco friendly products. In conjunction with American Red Cross, Eton makes products built for emergency preparedness.  I was lucky enough to review the Axis and Rover, which are 2 of their devices that are powered by a hand crank which charges the lithium battery. The Axis and Rover are my new emergency “best-friends.”

The Axis is a tough plastic molded all in one radio, clock, flashlight, cell phone charger hand-powered device. It is ready to go, fully assembled straight from the box. To wind the Axis, it is simple and easy. My 4 1/2 year old son was fascinated by it and so we let him try and it was easy enough for him to wind. The radio stations were clear and easy to find with the digital display and the volume was loud. Simply winding the handle for 1 minute gives in enough power for a 30 second phone call or 15 minutes of radio or flashlight. Weighing less than 2 lbs, the Axis is easy for anyone to hold. The Axis is going to remain in my car as a wonderful emergency go to. It will do everything I need it to do if I ever need it!

Features:

  • Digital AM/FM radio
  • 7 NOAA weatherband – plus “Alert”
  • Digital alarm clock
  • USB power transfer (includes USB cable)
  • Built-in white LED light source
  • Flashing red LED light
  • Headphone jack
  • Antenna  for maximum range and reception
  • Self-Powered Aluminum Crank with Hand Turbine Technology
  • Also runs on 3  3 AAA batteries or AC Adapter (not included)

The second device, I reviewed is the Rover. It is another hand cranking device that is actually easier to crank than the Axis. By no means is the Axis hard to wind but the Rover was even easier. More basic and smaller than the the Axis, the Rover is easy to use and and ready to go straight from the box. The radio is not digital so even with the antenna up, it was harder for me to find clear channels. The AM stations were more clear than the FM stations, which was mostly static. The volume was loud enough when we did find a clear channel. The Rover will be my emergency flashlight, radio, cell phone charger that I keep in the house. Weighing less than 1 lb, it will be easy for my children to hold and it is easy enough for them to use (I showed my 4 1/2 year old son where I am going to keep it and how to operate it so if he ever had to use it then he would know what to do).

Features of the Rover:

  • AM/FM radio
  • 7 NOAA weatherband channels
  • Built-in 3 white LED light source
  • USB cell phone charger (USB cable not included)
  • 3.5 mm headphone output
  • Self-Powered Aluminum Crank with Hand Turbine Technology
  • Also runs on 3 AAA batteries or AC adapter (not included)
The Eton Axis and Rover are great for emergencies but I love that they can also be very useful for camping and other outdoor activities. The fact that they are so lightweight and the Rover is so small (the Axis is larger) it can easily be carried in a backpack. The Axis is available for $70 and the Rover for $50. They are expensive but can you really put a price on safety?